Akron-Canton Airport Sets All-Time Passenger Record – 2010 was the busiest year ever at the Akron-Canton Airport (CAK). A total of 1,563,031 passengers traveled to and from CAK in 2010 surpassing the old record set in 2008 by more than 93,800 people—a six percent increase. Total passengers were up more than eight percent compared to last year. Additionally, the month of December 2010 was the highest December ever with more than 126,000 total passengers flying CAK—a nine percent increase compared to December of last year. Nearly every carrier saw an increase in total passengers for the year. Air Tran Airways was up nine percent with 734,700 passengers; U.S. Airways Express was up eighteen percent with 221,600 passengers; United Express was up six percent with 84,900 passengers; and Frontier Airlines grew two percent with 156,300 passengers. To read more about the record and Akron-Canton Airport, click here.
Republic Engineered Products Receives Training Grant For Wind Turbine Component Manufacturing – On January 5, the State of Ohio’s Department of Development awarded $260,000 in federal funds to two companies: Republic Engineered Products Inc. of Canton and Rotek Inc. of Aurora. Republic will get $200,000 to train 250 workers in the manufacture of electric furnace steel components and in the production of bottom-poured ingots used in wind turbines. Ohio Department of Development spokesmen said that Republic had invested $12.5 million in improvements to increase product offerings to customers in the wind turbine industry. Rotek will receive $60,000 to train 50 employees in the manufacture of slewing rings that are used in wind turbines and in large solar installations. Rotek, a division of ThyssenKrupp of Germany, invested $80 million this past year in the expansion of its facilities in Aurora. These grants were the second round of federal funding awarded under the Energizing Careers Program administered by the State. To read more about these training grants, click on this Akron Beacon Journal article.
Stark County Educational Attainment Exceeding State and Nation – On January 11, the U.S. Census Bureau released new figures showing that a higher percentage of Stark County’s young adults now have a high school diploma or some college or Associate Degree compared to the same age group at the state and national level. Stark County only lags in the area of Bachelor Degrees, but exceeds overall state and national averages when all three categories of educational attainment are combined. To review the statistics, click on this Stark Education Partnership newsletter.